By Richard Martin, Reuters
Published: 14:08 GMT, 1 March 2019 | Updated: 14:29 GMT, 1 March 2019
Real Madrid have sacked youth coach Alvaro Benito after he made negative comments about their first team on a radio programme during Wednesday's 3-0 defeat to Barcelona in a Copa del Rey semi-final second leg.
In a statement released on Twitter on Friday, Benito said: 'I respect the decision of the club, which I have always defended when appearing in the media. I always felt able to speak freely about the club I love.
'I leave with no resentment and will always be grateful to the club for everything it gave me as a player and in my first steps as a coach.'